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Gunnersbury Park Museum gets funding from Arts Council England to help with expansion plans

Jointly owned by Ealing Council and Hounslow Council, Gunnersbury Park Museum is to get funding from Arts Council England that will see it become a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).

Gunnersbury will receive £129,500 per year for the next three years and becomes the first organisation in Ealing to achieve NPO status and the third in Hounslow.

The museum, which celebrates Ealing and Hounslow history, arts and culture, says the funding from Arts Council England will build on the work done previously through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  The expansion plans include outreach work, offer more digital learning and involve more schools.

In a statement, the museum said: “We will create a Community Cultural Champions programme, which will provide training and skills development for local people. We will further deliver an exciting and regularly changing exhibition programme, across both the museum and the park, as well as online and out in the wider community. The programme will celebrate the Creative Industries in Ealing and Hounslow – past, present and future – including well known sites such as the iconic Isleworth and Ealing Studios.”

David Babington Smith, chair of the directors at Gunnersbury Estate (2026) CIC said:  “This is excellent news for Gunnersbury, and for west London, as the first organisation to receive NPO status in Ealing. We are very grateful to the Arts Council England for this significant grant towards our learning and museum services, which will allow us to bring more arts, culture and heritage engagement opportunities to the residents of Ealing and Hounslow.”

Ellie Lewis-Nunes, heritage and communities manager at Gunnersbury Estate (2026) CIC added: “We’re delighted to have received this investment from the Arts Council England. As the museum for both Ealing and Hounslow we are thrilled to be able to engage even wider audiences with a high quality cultural offer.”

Jan De Schynkel, arts and culture manager, Ealing Council said ” Up until today, Ealing was one of the very few London boroughs without an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisations (NPO). Therefore, one of our strategic priorities was to support aspiring Ealing-based organisations to become an ACE NPO and/or attract outside NPOs to be based in Ealing. We are delighted with the news that Gunnersbury Park Museum will receive core support for the next 3 years as a new NPO. This is well-deserved and recognises Gunnersbury’s hard work of trying to engage meaningfully with people and places. This will build capacity to deliver transformational programmes and exhibitions that are vital and relevant for our diverse communities.”

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